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Over the past couple of months I had noticed that my sig rig had taken an immense performance hit. Before I was able to play most games maxed out without any problems. Then all of the sudden, it would struggle keeping playable frames even on medium settings! At those times, playing games like skyrim or borderlands would force me to lower most settings to low/medium and still get fps drops down to 1.

Last night I decided to finally figure out what was going on. I looked through performance logs, re-ran windows performance index, and checked CPU/gpu usage under gaming stress. All seemed absolutely fine. From there i had decided to do a full driver refresh.

The way I have always done driver upgrades goes as follows:

1. Download new drivers. Bring card to default settings.
2. Run driver sweeper. Reboot.
3. Install new drivers. Reboot.
4. Start gaming.

This process has always worked for me but for some reason I had suspicion that it wasnt working properly this time around. This led me to add two more steps to the overall driver upgrade process.

1. Download new drivers. Bring card to default settings.
2. Uninstall catalyst suite. This includes all parts and settings.
3. Run driver sweeper. Reboot.
4. Install new drivers and catalyst components. Reboot.
5. Start gaming.

Going through this process assured that there were absolitely no software issues. Borderlands used to be barely playable on medium settings at 30 fps. I was now able to max everything out again and never drop below 60. There were similar results in skyrim.

So remember, always do 100% clean driver installs to avoid any unforeseeable issues.
Edited by rusky1 - 2/1/12 at 10:15am
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I don't use driver sweeper, but I uninstall everything with the included uninstaller, then BEFORE I reboot I uninstall the devices from Windows' Device manager. Disconnect from the internet (to prevent auto-installing), reboot, and install from the new driver package.
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I must just be lucky, but I've never ever needed to do anything special when updating drivers other than running the executable.

Switching between nvidia and amd is different, but even then, never had issues.

But regardless of my experience, this is a good policy to follow to avoid possible issues.
    
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Originally Posted by guyladouche View Post

I must just be lucky, but I've never ever needed to do anything special when updating drivers other than running the executable.
Switching between nvidia and amd is different, but even then, never had issues.
But regardless of my experience, this is a good policy to follow to avoid possible issues.

What is your experience of switching brands? I'm about to do this and I need to know the proper steps; it seems most people use Driver Sweeper but I'm not sure that's totally safe.
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What is your experience of switching brands? I'm about to do this and I need to know the proper steps; it seems most people use Driver Sweeper but I'm not sure that's totally safe.

Just uninstall your current driver, run driver sweeper then switch out cards then boot up and install the new drivers. Ive done it a few times with no issue ever.
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Originally Posted by GetTheMoney View Post

What is your experience of switching brands? I'm about to do this and I need to know the proper steps; it seems most people use Driver Sweeper but I'm not sure that's totally safe.

My particular experience, which seems to not be typical, is that an uninstall of the previous software, then driver, shut down, install card, boot up, install software + driver has worked fine.

But I don't generally hop brands frequently, and I think I'm one of the lucky few that doesn't encounter lots of issues. But you can't argue with the numbers of people out there who do have the issues, some even resort to a clean install of their OS.
    
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Anyone know where I can find driver sweeper? Apparently guru3d, the official site for driver sweeper, does not have a link for the download. They have 10 different download links all of which are advertisements. The actual download I want says:

Please select a download location:

But there is none listed.
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Anyone know where I can find driver sweeper? Apparently guru3d, the official site for driver sweeper, does not have a link for the download. They have 10 different download links all of which are advertisements. The actual download I want says:

Please select a download location:

But there is none listed.

http://phyxion.net/Driver-Sweeper/Driver-Sweeper/Version-3-2-0/
post #9 of 10
Umm doesn't everyone do a clean install? What's the point of going through all that trouble just to find out everything isn't actually gone?
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If you're going to do a clean install anyway, why not take some time to learn how the registry and filesystem work. If you make a mistake, so what, you were about to do a clean install anyway, right? New installs are for new drives only wink.gif
    
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